A ship figurehead from the flagship of King Hans of Denmark, the Gribshunden, has been recovered. It resembles either a “cowling dog or perhaps a fantastical sea dragon with a helpless human clutched in its jaws.” The ship last sailed in 1495 and this figurehead could provide clues into how ships were once built.
Tia Ghose via Live Science:
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The sunken ship could provide an unprecedented look at how warships were made at that pivotal time in world history.
“What is unique is that there are no other warships from this time in the world,” said Marcus Sandekjer, the director of the Blekinge Museum in Karlskrona, Sweden, where the figurehead is being kept.
The Gribshunden, or the “Grip Dog,” could even provide clues to the construction of the ships that Christopher Columbus used to sail to North America, he added.
The team isn’t quite sure what a “grip dog” is.